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CONSULTANT’S FORUM Forester Licensing: Essential to Guarding the Forestry Profession BY GUY THURMOND, ACF Legislative bodies have caused foresters’ licensing laws to sunset. Some groups are laying the groundwork to change from licensing foresters to mere title protection. This is not a good idea. How would you like to be a surveyor or professional engineer and have other people doing similar work but just not calling themselves surveyors or professional engineers? This is title protection and is of little value to maintaining a high level of quality service by trained forestry professionals. The public deserves better. We must be involved in keeping abreast of legislative activities to guard our profession. We must take aggressive action, not just give up our position. We must study other groups that have successfully guarded their profession and learn from them. If foresters don’t guard their profession, who will? l Guy J. Thurmond, III, is president of Thurmond & Associates, Inc. located in Piedmont, South Carolina. He can be reached at (864) 947-2504. Guy Thurmond O ther professions are taking away our work, and we are letting it happen. Unlike the highly esteemed forestry profession in European countries, the American forestry profession is being eroded by its lack of interest in protecting itself. Efforts have been made by other professions to prevent foresters and other natural resource professionals from the use of GPS equipment for mapping natural resources. Loggers and others are giving so-called “professional” advice to the unsuspecting public. Instructors are leading students to believe that timber cruisers and foresters are one and the same. Real estate appraisers are making judgments on tree value; real estate brokers and sales people are placing values on property with standing trees and timberland when doing market analyses for possible sale. Lawyers are selling their clients’ timber without foresters’ involvement. Certified arborists are on state vendor lists and are bidding on urban forestry projects. Landscape architects are conducting forest management and so are biologists. HOW SHALL WE GUARD THE FORESTRY PROFESSION? • ontinue to protect the public by providing quality forestry services. C • e sensitive to the public’s needs and specific desires. Practice silviculture to B meet those needs and desires. • e prepared for more uneven-aged and intensive management. B • iscipline offenders who violate professional ethics and statutory law. D Their names should be disclosed in professional newsletters. More detail should be available to members in the same way that other professions expose violations. • e involved in planning processes and legislative actions. Know your local, B state and national legislators and officers and communicate with them. • ncrease involvement in community activities. I • se the highest level of credentialing, promoting licensing for forestry profesU sionals. We must stop unqualified people from representing themselves as forestry professionals. • each students and foresters to identify threats to the profession and to report T to professional organizations violations or processes that infringe on the forestry profession. • stablish standing action committees, or “Forestry Profession Guards,” in E professional forestry associations at local, state and national levels. Take aggressive action to counter actions that degrade or reduce the integrity or need for the forestry profession. 46 THE CONSULTANT 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2008

Executive Director’s Message Mapping the Future of ACF
President’s Message ACF Celebrates 60 Years
Professional Forestry Education: The Present, from a Texas Perspective
The Future of Forestry Education: Will We Prepare Relics or Icons?
Forestry and Consulting: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Carbon – A Forestry Opportunity?
Advocacy – Its Benefits May Come With Frustrations
Katrina Top 10: Public Policy Advocacy Lessons Learned After Hurricane Disaster
‘Mighty Giants’ Details Rich History of American Chestnut Tree
The Cost of Breaking in New Employees
Hiring Practices: Questions You Shouldn’t Ask a Job Applicant
Graduate Forestry Degrees and Consulting Forestry
Taxation and Land Devaluation: An Examination of the Tax Burden on Non-industrial Private Landowners
Forester Licensing: Essential to Guarding the Forestry Profession
Forester Licensing: Not Worth the Effort
ACF Code of Ethics: Canon 15 What You Don’t Say or Do Can Hurt You
Philippe Morgan: European Forestry Consultant Extraordinaire
The Final Word: A Tale of Two Technologies

The Consultant - 2008